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on February 25, 2007
First of all, I am not a book snob. I enjoy the sometimes silly, fun books that don't have great depth but are still an entertaining read.
That being said, this was probably one of the worst books I have ever read in my life. First of all, everything was absolutely formulaic. You could always tell what would happen next, and the cliches just kept coming. From a young male French bohemian artist who isn't looking for anything but a fun hookup to his rich, suave and debonair father, there is nothing new in the characters, or even any likable traits. The "heroine" is one of the most stupid that had ever come into fictional being. A "very smart" girl who moves from a small town to London, who is stuck in a job she feels is beneath her, decides to go to Paris for the weekend. More cliches, but if that were all, it would be at least bearable. This girl, however, is unbelievably naive. She meets the artist one night, and 3 or 4 hours later she is "in love" with him and planning their transnational relationship. When she finally sleeps with him, she doesn't get that he's "just not that into her." She cannot stand up for herself and is one of the most annoying characters I have ever read.
Still, I could have read all this and just ended up disliking the book immensely, but not wanting to tear my hair out, if it wasn't for the part about the father.
The "cleverly and subtly included" hints and clues (note sarcasm) about her father were in actuality totally obvious. And what happens at the end is much too contrived and based on too many coincidences that don't even really make any sense. A deus ex machina is not the way to end a story, sorry.
This story is totally unbelievable and left me wondering how on earth something like this could be published. Don't waste your money.